Pakistan outlines Security Council agenda for January

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Masood Khan

Counter-terrorism efforts and peacekeeping are among the focus areas for the Security Council in January, incoming president Ambassador Masood Khan of Pakistan told journalists in New York on Thursday.

Ambassador Khan previewed a ministerial-level debate on counter-terrorism set for 15 January which his country's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend.

He said terrorism not only threatens Pakistan and other countries in the region, but the entire international community.

"You can't have a uni-dimensional approach towards counter-terrorism. Military means, intelligence, these are excellent means, but there are other aspects. You have to go to the root causes. You also have to develop the areas which are becoming recruiting grounds for terrorists. Then, of course, you also have to bring some of the misled people to the national mainstream, or to the international mainstream. And therefore, you need space for dialogue and diplomacy."

The new Security Council president added that the ongoing crises in Syria, Mali and the Democratic Republic of the Congo will also be discussed this month.

The 15 members return to the Security Council chamber on Thursday afternoon for consultations on the situation in the Central African Republic.

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